My tomatoes are getting quite big and I wanted to avoid BER. This stuff is
called Foli-Cal. I just don't want to waste it if the plants can't absorb
it by the roots. The bottle says calcium derived from calcium acetate. It
They can absorb it through the roots but it will not be absorbed as fast or
as efficiently as a foliar feeder. Particularly if the soil is very sandy
such soluble compounds leach out fairly easily.
The bottle says calcium derived
There is no reason that I know for such to be expensive. If this is an
issue then use it in the way that it is intended which will be less
wasteful. In future give your tomatoes some gyspsum or if the soil is acid
some lime or dolomite. Also try to avoid extremes of drying out or wetting
as this can interfere with calcium metabolism and cause BER too.
Yeah, I am learning. I tend to just buy off the shelf stuff instead of
going old school. 12 bucks for a pint (enough for 16 gallons) is expensive
but I'll be wiser next time. I lost almost all my tomatoes last year to
BEER and I am loathe to repeat the experience. I'll just dump out an old
bottle of windows cleaner and use that as the sprayer.
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